Baby Kangaroo Hops Down The Aisle Of American Airlines Flight

In what may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen on a plane, the aastews Instagram account shared a kangaroo hopping down the aisle of an American Airlines flight, credited to flight attendant Bobby Weston, and described the flight from Charlotte to Newport News, Virginia where this took place as being “part of a wildlife conservation effort.”

Judging from the video it appears to be a on board a Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet operated by PSA Airlines, which is an express carrier owned by American Airlines. PSA operates a daily ‘CR9’ between Charlotte and Newport News as flight AA5626.

Credit: AAStews on Instagram

Credit: AAStews on Instagram

Following on changes to regulations that were finalized by the Department of Transportation allowing airlines to crack down on emotional support animals, American no longer accepts emotional support animals, only service animals. So you’re unlikely to be able to bring a kangaroo of your own on board. Although perhaps once Australia’s border reopens and American’s joint venture with Qantas really ramps up, we’ll be seeing more people looking to bring their kangaroos.

I’ve reached out to American Airlines for comment on the kangaroo and will update if they share any additional details.

Update: American Airlines confirms,

As part of an animal conservation effort, the baby kangaroo did fly on American Airlines [passenger] flight 5626, operated by PSA Airlines, from Charlotte (CLT) to Newport News, Virginia (PHF) in the cabin along with his handler.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

More articles by Gary Leff »


  1. Absurd
    The bigger question is how did he get here from Australia?Where every man and woman has 4 in each household so it could be better understood 😉 🙂 Was he put on the no fly list too?

Comments are closed.